oh hi! remember me?!?! i mentioned a little bit about my current wifi situation on instagram, but let me go into a little more detail. i am currently finishing my master’s degree by teaching on the navajo reservation in arizona. so far it’s going really really well, and the only hiccup is that i don’t have wifi in my room (i’m living in the dorm attached to the high school with other students). i’ve been able to pick up wifi here and there, and a kind teacher told me i can pop by his place whenever i need to use the internet, so hopefully i will be able to start posting again. i did start another blog to record my journey, mostly for family and school purposes, but feel free to follow me over there as well if you’re interested: leahgoeswest.wordpress.com (though again, it’s been difficult for me to post). truly this experience has already been pretty incredible, and though not everything has been smooth, nor will it be in its entirety, i’m so excited to be on this adventure that i’ve been planning for a long time. if anyone has any suggestions of things i need to see/places i need to go while i’m in the southwest, please let me know!! i want to go any and everywhere. i’m currently spending labor day weekend in durango, colorado and don’t ever want to leave this state so that’s a new development! i have a very limited selection of “things” with me – makeup, skincare, clothes, accessories – so i thought it might be fun to look at the things that i’m missing the most. nothing like being separated from your belongings for 4 months to show you what you really love.
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coach duffle bag // i have mentioned this bag before on the blog, but this is my favorite purse of any that i own. it’s a vintage (i think 70s) black leather coach duffle, which is one of their most iconic shapes. it’s essentially a big bucket bag with an adjustable strap – so i either wear it close to my underarm or even crossbody if it’s extra heavy. it’s such a classic shape and style and fits my everyday life. i miss you bb! i’m sorry i couldn’t bring you!
baggy levi’s 501s // i have a bunch of levi’s but i only brought my 501 skinnies. my baggy ones are perfectly soft, worn in, and ripped, and i love that they’re slightly cropped (i cut them myself naturally) and slightly too big. i love them for every season, with sneakers, with birks, with army boots. i actually thought that i packed them, but apparently not! i have no clue what wash i have, but i linked a similar looking pair.
black skinny strap rainbows // i absolutely live in my black rainbows all summer long (and every pair of rainbows i’ve ever had since 7th grade). i didn’t bring them in favor of my birks, but i wish i had these just for simplicity’s sake. i do find myself wearing socks with birkenstocks quite a bit these days, which is probably not a habit i should get into!!!!
cape cod bracelets // i love my two little silver bangles with silver or gold screw balls. is anyone else familiar with these? i usually wear them during the summer and then phase them out come fall, but i didn’t do that this year and i don’t have them with me. i go through phases of wearing a lot of necklaces or a lot of bracelets, and right now i’m forgoing both to be simple and under-the-radar. no fun! // b e a u t y //
igk 1995 shampoo // i’m in love with this texturing shampoo. it just wasn’t feasible for me to bring something so particular and that i don’t use every time i wash my hair, but this is my favorite texturing shampoo of the few i’ve tried. the r+co cactus shampoo is my second in command, but the 1995 is just a little grittier.
dedcool fragrance 02 // i don’t wear perfume enough to justify bringing it (i just brought my usual sandalwood fragrance oil), but i really miss this scent. it’s one of those that just melts into your skin and seems like what you actually smell like, a little bit woodsy and masculine, a little bit clean, a little bit warm. sandalwood is my favorite scent of all time, and that is the base of 02 with something extra.. . .
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